Source: Mountain Rose Herbs
Anethum graveolens L.
Plant Family: Apiaceae
The Vikings cultivated a plant they called “dilla,” or “soothing,” that was administered to babies. The easy-to-grow dill weed has become an essential ingredient in cuisines around the world.
The term “dill weed” refers to the green leaves (and sometimes stems) of the plant. “Dill seed” actually isn’t seed but the flat, oval, dark brown whole fruits of the herb. Dill weed and dill seed have different chemical compositions, different uses in cooking, and different applications in herbal healing.
If you want to grow dill in your garden, plan for success. The mature plant produces thousands of seeds, most dill seeds germinate, and the plant can invade other growing beds. Dill likes a most, well-drained soil in full sun, although it grows on most kinds of soils. Stress on the plant by heat or drought